Here we sit at the beginning of 2010 and everyone is both reflecting on 2009 and projecting for 2010. All over Facebook people are posting the common statements like "I hope 2010 is your best year", "Best wishes for a great new year", "May your new year be full of health, wealth and happiness", etc. etc. etc. I have nothing against hope, wishing, and wanting - but I have to say I prefer actions.
In this morning's newspaper there was a great story about the Phoenix Suns MVP point guard Steve Nash. At 36 he is having one of his best years. This after two years of struggling with fatigue, back pain, and criticism that he was over the hill. What happened? How did he turn all of this around? The article points out that he changed his habits. He cut sugar out of his diet, he made his recovery and sleep a priority, he changed his mindset to focus more on his positive performances, and he consciously plans for fun everyday. The result - he has no back pain, he is having an all star season, and most important he has infected the Phoenix Suns with energy, passion, optimism, and a winning mindset. This week they beat the two top teams (the LA Lakers and the Boston Celtics) in the NBA, and no one is talking about Steve Nash needing to retire. Did Nash turn himself around by hoping and wishing? No he did it by changing his Mindset, Nutrition, Movement and Recovery habits.
As I reflected this morning it hit me that yesterday I played 5 games of one on one basketball with my 15 year old son. Then I went for a 1.5 hour hike with my daughter who is visiting from college. Then I took my wife out for our anniversary dinner and a great new years eve party. How did this great day of family interaction happen? By hopes and wishes? No, it was the result of my Mindset, Nutrition, Movement and Recovery habits.
My point is, we are sitting at the starting line of a new year and all of the hopes and wishes in the world won't give you the energy, passion, resilience, and brain agility you will need to win. These things will be the result of your sustainable high performance habits. So from all of our team at Tignum we say - Have a high performing happy new year.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer